Restore shine to granite and your stone countertops look new again. Remove the soap film that builds up on countertops over time.
If you regularly clean your stone tops with dishwashing soap, you probably have a granite soap film buildup. Soap film build up is especially noticeable near sink fixtures where liquid soap sits.
How to restore shine to granite countertops
Removing granite soap film may restore the shine to dull granite countertops. Actually, you’re removing the layer of shine-dulling grime that builds up on the countertop surface.
Do not clean your granite tops daily with dish soap, or you’re bound to get dull granite counters, dull granite edges, and dull granite around the sink. Your countertops lose their shine . . . as well as their natural beauty.
How to make granite shine
Removing soap film is actually a form of granite stain removal. Your best bet to restore granite shine is to remove soap film with a commercially available, professional quality product made specifically for the purpose. And definitely choose products made specifically for use on natural stone surfaces!
Avoid homemade concoctions and other cleaners that may have a harmful effect on your granite, marble or limestone. For example, don’t use vinegar. I’ve had great success restoring dull granite countertops with a few products. First recommendation is MB-3 Soap Film and Mineral Deposit Remover.
Restore Dull Stone Countertops With Granite Soap Film Remover
MB-3 removes not only soap film but also soap scum and hard water deposits on marble, limestone, granite, and other natural stone countertops. It also works well on quartz countertops as well.
You can use it in other areas as well, especially the bathroom. MB-3 is especially effective at removing build-up on stone shower walls and floors. It can also remove those tough hard water deposits on glass shower doors.
It’s a non-acid cleaner that quickly dissolves and then removes soap film. It achieves effortlessly what ordinary household cleaners or abrasives can’t achieve even with hard scrubbing.
You can also get MB-3 Soap Film Remover as a component of a granite care kit, which includes combinations of granite sealer, soap film remover, and granite daily cleaner. Save money with granite countertop maintenance kits. For even tougher deposits, MB Stone makes MB-26 Scrub. I haven’t needed this extra level of power yet, but it does exist.
How To Clean Soap Scum
Another recommended product to remove soap film from granite is DuPont Soap Scum Remover For Natural Stone. The DuPont product claims to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and dirt without scratching granite counters. It won’t harm or degrade natural stone counters, floors, or walls. Also, it shouldn’t harm your countertop sealer. You can use it on sealed natural stone, ceramic and glass surfaces.
DuPont Soap Scum Remover comes in a 24 oz. Bottle compared to 32 oz. with MB-3 or MB-26. The MB Stone products are concentrated so you mix with water and, effectively, have much more cleaning product in the end.
However, Soap Scum Remover is a little more convenient since you apply with a trigger sprayer rather than dilute the product in water.
Restore Sheen By Removing Stains
Besides soap film, other staining agents will dull your granite counters. Refer to Granite Stain Removal Guide for instruction and videos showing how to remove any kind of stain in granite and natural stone tops, both indoors and outdoors.
Clean Granite Countertops Daily With pH Neutral Cleaner
Here’s some advice for routine cleaning of your granite countertops so you can keep the original shine. The products I recommend for quartz routine cleaning are MB-15 and MB-5 from MB Stone. Both are pH neutral cleaners ideal for natural stone countertops like granite.
The MB-15 product is best for cleaning darker colors of stone countertops. MB-15 Stone Glow has optical brighteners which, I think, makes the granite and quartz counters shine better after cleaning. To clean, simply spray the counters and let the product sit for a couple of minutes. Then wipe the counter with an absorbent cloth. You can buff the countertops with a soft dry cloth for extra shine.
Also, consider using convenient wipes made for stone counters. MB-17 Stone Wipes are specially made for natural stone but work great on quartz counters too. You just wipe up spills or routine clean the counter and throw it away.
You can repair chipped granite yourself with an inexpensive granite repair kit.
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